Archive for July 2014

Common Core Rolls Into Reality

Common Core Rolls Into Reality
Today's news: WBEZ checks in on what Common Core looks like in classrooms.  Quinn gets union endorsements (though WBEZ says the candidates aren't that far apart on education).  Joravsky praises CPS-focused performance. Firefighters don't like CPS preference...

New Poll Bolsters Emanuel

New Poll Bolsters Emanuel
Catalyst notes how quick CPS is to punish students.  Emanuel comes out on top of the latest poll - but Lewis is undaunted. CPS headquarters has a new buyer. Elsewhere, New York teachers are defending tenure/seniority provisions against two new lawsuits, and after-school programs are expanding but it's unclear if they can bridge the gap...

No Tenure/Seniority Lawsuit For Illinois?

No Tenure/Seniority Lawsuit For Illinois?
The big news of the week so far nationally is that a second "Vergara" education lawsuit has been filed against tenure and seniority rules that were recently overturned (preliminarily) in California.  This time it was New York.  Several other states - but apparently not Illinois -- could be next. Either tenure and seniority aren't as much of a problem here as other places, or the state constitution isn't as conducive to these kinds of lawsuits, or both (anyone know)?) More locally, there's "next steps" news about Dyett, Simeon -- and a handful of comments yesterday about Ray Salazar's blog post about sorting -- but nothing earth-shattering...
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Teacher Pushes Back On WBEZ "Sorting" Story

Teacher Pushes Back On WBEZ "Sorting" Story
There's lots of commentary about the just-passed CPS budget -- was it a stopgap measure, or an out and out gimmick? Plus there's the departure of the Ogden principal for ... well, you know. Most interesting to me in today's roundup is Ray Salazar's blog post pushing back against the recent WBEZ data story about high school sifting, which most took as an indictment of the system through which many CPS students no longer attend their neighborhood high schools.  ...

Weekend Open Discussion

Weekend Open Discussion
It’s a July weekend and so I’m going to skip the news and invite you to comment or post about anything that’s on your mind — the recently approved budget, the reduction in summer school enrollment, the political situation, the expansions or additions to individual schools.  Or, tell us about summer workshops you’re doing (voluntarily... Read more »

"Stop-Gap" $5.8B Budget Approved

"Stop-Gap" $5.8B Budget Approved
The Board approved the CPS budget -- no surprises, right?  Catalyst examines the impact of funding charters equitably on the rest of the district.  Lots of opinions in Comments about the closing of the Simeon electrical training program. Firefighters are complaining about new CPS graduate hiring priority. Nationally, Glenn Beck is going all out against the Common Core (good company, I know), and states are trying to upgrade charter and accountability policies nationwide according to a new ECS report. ...
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Budget, Kenwood, & Karen -- Oh, My!

Budget, Kenwood, & Karen -- Oh, My!
Today's news: The budget is up for approval at today's Board meeting.  The Board wants to move Kenwood Academy into the old Canter MS building. Logan Square network chief John Price has resigned. More news about Karen's Hawaii vacation (and talk about another strike in comments). Plus charters and district schools work together in a Texas district, and some schools are finding the best use of a longer day is more time for teacher collaboration...

Unaccompanied Minors, Violence Summit, & So Long ACT

Unaccompanied Minors, Violence Summit, & So Long ACT
Today's news (besides the heat): Here come a few hundred unaccompanied migrant children to Chicago (and presumably CPS, right?) A violence summit was held, after a weekend of hyperviolence (and the Pitchfork Festival). The ACT is out. Everyone keeps telling me Karen Lewis is in Hawaii (so what?).  A new international study shows that US principals are especially focused on student poverty, compared to those in other countries. ...

Shootings, Funding, Politics, Sorting

Shootings, Funding, Politics, Sorting
Welcome back.  It was another super-violent weekend in some parts of Chicago.  Raise Your Hand dominated coverage of the budget hearings. Lots of folks are excited and scared about a Lewis run against Emanuel. Plus, folks are still digesting WBEZ's story about how kids get sorted out among different high schools. Elsewhere, a NYC-based advocacy group spent nearly $6M in ads against a City Hall charter school co-location plan (and won)...
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Friday News Roundup

Friday News Roundup
Parent Group Wants More Eyes on Chicago Budget WBEZ: A city-wide parent group wants more eyeballs on Chicago Public Schools spending before the Board of Education votes on it sbudget proposalfor next year. How Chicago’s school choice system is tracking kids into separate high schools WBEZ: At the two military schools, 48 percent and 64 percent of incoming students... Read more »